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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Hello sailor! Navy offers $50,000 per man in bid to keep sub fleet afloat

Noel Towell Sailors' bank balances to shape-up. If they don't ship-out.

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'Glass jawed' public servants entitled to compo, tribunal rules

Public sector employers have been told a worker's

Noel Towell 'Eggshell skull' no barrier to public service compo for psychological injuries, tribunal finds.

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Govt's 'subsidised' nannies to cost parents $30 an hour

Noel Towell  Parents and providers walking away from expensive nanny plan.

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PS bosses go missing as workers at DHS prepare to vote on wage proposal

Noel Towell Human Services going back to the ballots as executives go missing from bargaining team.

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Users face more myGov misery with super-computer replacement still six years away

Users of the Commonwealth's welfare web portals should prepare for

Noel Towell Users of the Commonwealth's welfare web portals should prepare for "clunkiness" for some time to come

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ATO gets out of the compliance business

The Australian Taxation Office is changing the name of its tax-enforcement operation to the

Noel Towell Compliance Group gets less scary name but boss insists it will be no soft touch.

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Troubled myGov website to be taken from Human Services and given to Digital Transformation Office for streamlining

Noel Towell Malcolm Turnbull's DTO has been critical of myGov, now it has the chance to show it can do better.

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Australia expects public servants to work longer hours, agency boss claims

Bosses at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority want their public servants at their desks for 45 minutes each week in return for a 2 per cent pay rise.

Noel Towell Longer hours for public servants a "community expectation" CASA public servants told.

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This man beat Centrelink's system and he says you can too

Tom Wade used the Commonwealth government directory to contact senior executives in the Department of Human Service when he couldn't get through to Centrelink using the official channels.

Noel Towell "Where did you get my number?" Medicare boss demands.

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Migrants and houses keep ACT afloat

CommSec found improved business investment, housing finance, dwelling starts and population growth had allowed the territory economy to defy the hit to employment and wages.

Noel Towell ACT economy defies the lowest wages growth of any state or territory and soaring unemployment to climb state rankings.

Australia Day Honours 2016: Matthew James awarded Public Service Medal

Closing the Gap is not working for first Australians

Noel Towell Matthew Paul James has been awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to social policy.

33 hours on hold: Centrelink clients vent their rage over customer service performance

Centrelink clients have vented their fury over the welfare agency's customer service performance.

Noel Towell More than one third of attempts to contact Centrelink by phone last financial year were 'unsuccessful'.

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Public service bosses urged: let's get political

Public service bosses are slowly improving their standing with the rank-and-file.

Noel Towell In changing times, APS managers need "political nous" to make their dreams come true, says Commission.

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Off the hook: Centrelink's 22 million unanswered calls

Only 40 million of the 62 million attempts to contact Centrelink by phone in 2014-15 were successful.

Noel Towell Welfare agency's customer service effort plumbs new depths.

Disability pensioners unlikely to face medicals


Noel Towell Very few of Australia's 814,000 disability pensioners will be asked to prove they are still sick or injured enough to be entitled to the welfare payment.

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Public servant banished from workplace fails in bid for travel money

Noel Towell Sent to Sydney CBD after clashes with colleague, public servant demanded money to get there each day.

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Manila calling: Public Service's Philippines frolic revealed

The Australian Taxation Office has been quietly sending some of its work to the Philippines.

Noel Towell Outsourcing giant takes Tax Office work to south-east Asia.

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Uniting Church ministers face pension shock after being caught welfare crackdown

Ron Reeson, a retired Canberra-based Uniting Church minister, says the pension cuts will be felt keenly.

Noel Towell Federal government strips retired ministers and widows of thousands of dollars.

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From Barton to Bangalore: offshore APS comes closer

Finance Department officials have said that the department was prepared to follow the NSW government's lead and send work to India.

Noel Towell Canberra's loss could be India's gain as Finance looks to the subcontinent.

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Striking public servants clip RAAF's wings

The technicians walked off their jobs at RAAF Base Williamtown, RAAF Base Richmond, HMAS Albatross in Nowra, and Defence Establishment Orchard Hills.

Noel Towell Public service tech staff walk off job at airfields.